[Amnesty International gig announcement]
RADIOHEAD make their only European appearance of the year at a human rights concert for Amnesty International in Paris.
The concert, being held in conjunction with The Body Shop at the Bercy Stadium on December 10, marks the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights.
Also on the bill are Alanis Morissette, Asian Dub Foundation, Kassav and “Human Rights Now” tour veterans, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N’Dour. Other artists are expected to make guest appearances.
Tickets go on sale in the UK on Wednesday (October 7) from International Concert Travel on 01733 571616.
Radiohead have issued a statement to say: “The Amnesty International [AI] human rights concert in Paris will be our only European appearance this year. We hope that this is an effective way to support AI in their positive work to promote the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights. Without the work of organisations like AI, the Universal Declaration would be mere rhetoric.
“We hope that future anniversaries will mark the full international implementation of the Universal Declaration and a truly effective UN General Assembly which can make all of the Declaration’s articles a reality.”
DJ Pandit of Asian Dub Foundation added “Basic human rights are being eroded across the globe, and it’s not just a Third World issue, as we can see from, for example, the Stephen Lawrence case and the continuing plight of Satpal Ram in the UK”.
The concert takes place 10 years after the “Human Rights Now” tour and is the culmination of worldwide campaigns by Amnesty International and The Body Shop to mark the anniversary and support human rights defenders.